News Tag: she-exports
Entrepreneurs in Khmelnytsky and Ivano-Frankivsk discussed opportunities for entering the international markets

On March 27 and April 2 in Khmelnytsky and Ivano-Frankivsk events from the series of world business-cafes “Women Entrepreneurship: Access to Foreign Markets” initiated by the Export Promotion Office under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade took place.

Meetings for women in business were held at the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry with the assistance of the Canadian-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Promotion Project (CUTIS).

Within the business cafe, women entrepreneurs listened to an informational lecture on the opportunities created by the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, and also had a “brainstorming” session covering the following questions:

  • What are the barriers preventing their businesses from exporting?
  • What export support services are needed to overcome these obstacles?
  • What is the best way to provide export support services?
  • Who can provide these services?

As a result of the discussion, the participants formulated practical tips that could help businesses increase their chances of entering international markets, and also exchange their observations and experiences on overcoming the existing barriers for women entrepreneurs.

Follow the announcements for the future events here.

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Women entrepreneurs from Kropyvnytskyi learned about entering foreign markets

On March 2, 2018, as part of the World Business Cafe “Women’s Entrepreneurship: Access to Foreign Markets” the issue of Ukrainian women-led businesses entering foreign markets was discussed at the Kirovograd Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KRCCI).

About 20 female entrepreneurs from Kirovograd region (representatives of small and medium businesses of the region) took part in the event organized by the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Promotion (CUTIS) project. The co-organizer of the event was the Export Promotion Office under the Ministry of Economic Development of Ukraine and KRCCI.

The President of the KRCCI Iryna Sayenko addressed the participants of the event with welcoming remarks, emphasizing the Chamber’s full support of women entrepreneurship.

The CUTIS Project Manager Konstantin Ryzhkov familiarized the participants with the work of the project and invited them to engage in all the possible activities aimed at the development of female entrepreneurship.

The issue of exporting Ukrainian goods to Canada in the context of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, as well as the prospects and challenges for women entrepreneurs was highlighted by Oleksandra Brovko, CUTIS project Senior Trade and Investment Policy expert.

The work of the World Business Cafe was divided into so-called rounds. The first round focused on discussing specific barriers to export development for women-owned companies. The second round covered the export support services needed to overcome these obstacles. The third one was devoted to the best ways of providing export support services, as well as service providers or interested parties who can provide those services. During the fourth round, the discussion reports were prepared. At the end of the event, the participants presented the results of the discussion and, together with the experts, summarized the main findings.

Source: Kirovograd Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KRCCI)

Women-entrepreneurs in Lutsk discussed the trade barriers for entering international markets

On February 12, an interactive world business-cafe “Women’s Entrepreneurship: Access to Foreign Markets” was held in Lutsk, organized by the Canadian-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Support Project, Export Promotion Office and the Volyn Chamber of Commerce and Industry within the #SheExports platform.

Active representatives of the export-oriented women’s business from the Volyn region joined the event. Within the business cafe CUTIS project expert Oleksandra Brovko presented them with useful information about the potential of the Canadian market for Ukrainian producers. Participants also learned about the She Exports platform and its benefits for business women aiming to enter international markets.

In addition, while working in small groups, participants were looking for the answers to important questions for female exporters:

  • what are the barriers to the export development of their companies;
  • what export support services are needed to overcome these obstacles;
  • which export support format is the best;
  • who can provide those services.

In the process of brainstorm and presentation of the group work results, the exporter exchanged advice, accumulated new ideas for improving the export strategies of their enterprises, shared their experience and set up new business contacts.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine, so keep an eye on the updates.

Opinion: 5 reasons why gender equality in trade matters

Can trade benefit from increased participation of women? And, as we undertake efforts to achieve gender equality under the objectives of the United Nations Global Goals, is trade good for women?

As the world business organization we believe the answer to these questions is a resounding “yes”.

Here we put forward five reasons why gender is good for trade and highlight some of the barriers preventing women business owners from accessing international markets.

1 – Women in trade supports better jobs

According to research by the International Trade Centre (ITC), women-owned businesses that export employ an average of 42 people, compared with an average of only eight people employed by non-exporting women-owned businesses. Despite this, woman exporters face more trade obstacles than men, with 74% of woman-owned firms reporting challenging non-tariff measures compared to 54% of businesses owned by men. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said: “WTO Action is needed to better integrate women into the international trading system. All the evidence suggests that giving an equal economic chance to women is not only economically important; it results in beneficial outcomes for society as a whole.”

2 – Exporters pay better too…

The average pay by exporting women-owned businesses is over one-and-a-half times higher than the average pay of women-owned businesses that do not trade. All the more reason to take action to eliminate the stifling trade finance gap that women entrepreneurs in emerging markets face. ITC research shows this gap to be around US$260-320 billion per year. Speaking earlier this year at the International Forum on Women and Trade, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said: “Each woman who can benefit from trade is a woman who can open new markets and new opportunities, can sell and spread her ideas, and support her community and sometimes her whole village.”

3 – … and are more productive too!

Women-owned businesses that export are 3.5 times more productive than those which do not export. But while women own up to 40% of all small- and medium-sized enterprises globally, they lead only one in five exporting firms.
Frank Matsaert, CEO of TradeMark East Africa said: “70% of cross border traders in East Africa are women, meaning targeted intervention to enhance their trading opportunities is economically beneficial to the region.”

4 – Mind the gap

Research by Facebook, OECD and The World Bank suggests that online tools are used for significantly more purposes by women business owners than men. According to Intel Corporation’s Women and the Web report bringing women online would contribute up to USD 18 billion to the annual GDP of 144 developing countries. Yet, in this digital age, women have less access than men to the Internet in many countries. Estimates for 2016 point to a 12% gender gap, which jumps to 31% for least developed countries.

5 – A boost for the global economy

ITC Executive Director Arancha Gonzalez said: “Women and international trade is no longer the proverbial elephant in the room…If we are going to help push global growth, eradicate extreme poverty and create sustainable jobs we have to not only move this topic centre stage – we need to make it actionable.”

According to research by McKinsey, advancing women’s equality could add $28 trillion to global GDP by 2025 and mean better development outcomes for families and communities worldwide. We believe facilitating the active participation of women in trade must be part of this pursuit given that women-owned export businesses report average sales of US$ 16.3 million, compared with US$816,000 for non-exporting women-owned businesses.

ICC Secretary General John Danilovich said: “Levelling the playing field for women to access international markets is not only the right thing to do but also the ‘smart thing’ to do for development, economic growth and business.”

Source: International Chamber of Commerce

Online course: Women and procurement

Free trade gives Ukrainian businesses an access to the Canadian government procurement. This is a chance in particular for Ukrainian women in business to access $12 billion market annually.

Find out more about barriers for women-entrepreneurs on the way to public procurement and strategic to combat those obstacles in a 4-hour online-course via ITC Trade Academy, which starts on January, 15th 2017.

The structure of the course

  1. Lecture 1: Introduction to Women-owned Businesses and Procurement
  2. Lecture 2: Solutions and Strategies
  3. Lecture 3: Targeted Assistance Measures and Capacity Building
  4. Case Study Exercise

You can register and access the course here.

Additional information sources about governmental procurement

A world business-cafe for women held in Zaporizhia

On December, 20 as a part of Export Promotion Office’s SheExports platform with the support of the CUTIS project a world business cafe “Women’s Entrepreneurship: Access to Foreign Markets” took place in Zaporizhia.

The “World Business Cafe” format includes the establishment of new business contacts, the exchange of experience between business owners and women in managerial positions, and the discussion of internationalizing the business.

In an interactive format, women entrepreneurs sought answers to questions:

  • What barriers hinder the development of export business for women-owned businesses?
  • What kind of support is needed by business to overcome such barriers?
  • What is the best way/format to provide the necessary business support?

After working in groups, the teams presented their work and formulated the final recipes for success that would be useful to the participants in developing their business.

The prospects of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement were also presented to the women entrepreneurs as a part of the world cafe.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine, so keep an eye on the updates.

Women entrepreneurs from Kharkiv discussed the problems of export business

On November, 30 as a part of Export Promotion Office’s SheExports platform with the support of the CUTIS project a world business cafe “Women’s Entrepreneurship: Access to Foreign Markets” took place in Kharkiv.

In an interactive format, women entrepreneurs sought answers to questions:

  • What barriers hinder the development of export business for women-owned businesses?
  • What kind of support is needed by business to overcome such barriers?
  • What is the best way/format to provide the necessary business support?

After working in groups, the teams presented their work and formulated the final recipes for success that would be useful to the participants in developing their business.

The prospects of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement were also presented to the women entrepreneurs as a part of the world cafe.

Materials and presentations:

  1. Presentation of the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support project;
  2. Presentation “Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement – Prospects for Women’s Entrepreneurship”;
  3. Presentation “Export Promotion Office helps businesses to become successful on the overseas markets”;
  4. Download a practical guide on exporting to Canada I CAN Export here;
  5. “Public Procurement Canada: Where to Get Started” guide can be downloaded here.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine, so keep an eye on the updates.

Video: webinar “A taste of GroYourBiz”

Check out the video of “GroYourBiz” webinar as a part of the Export Promotion Office’s She Exports platform.

GroYourBiz is a Canadian initiative that offers women entrepreneurs access to monthly group consultations with proven experts from leading private sector organizations such as Bank of Montreal, TELUS, and others.

Experts work together to encourage and support small and medium-sized businesses. More about GroYourBiz can be found at: http://groyourbiz.com/

During the webinar, Barbara Mowat, Founder & President of GroYourBiz, MyBusinessMyBoard™ Advisory Boards, along with Frances Mannarino, GroYourBiz advisor spoke on how women’s business advisory boards work in Canada, and also shared their experience of creating and developing GroYourBiz .

The partner of the event was the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS), implemented by the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce and the Conference Board of Canada and funded by the Government of Canada through the Global Affairs Canada.

Video: webinar “Access to financing for women-owned SMEs”

Ukrainian small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) face many problems that limit their export opportunities. Banks only provide high-interest loans of 20% or more, the focus is on short-term loans, administration of loans is difficult for SMEs – those are only some critical issues.

Studies show that women often face additional constraints on their business development in comparison with men: lack of time due to family responsibilities, lack of business networks and connections, less risky behavior in business, etc.

To help women-owned and managed small and medium-sized businesses to find out what are their business financing options, Export Promotion Office in partnership with Canada-Ukraine Trade & Investment Support project, hosted a webinar “Acess to financing for women-owned SMEs” on July 12, 2017.

Watch a video below:

Speakers:
Glen Hodgson, Conference Board of Canada, an economist with 35 years of experience in macroeconomics, international trade and finance, fiscal and tax policy.

Download Glen’s presentation

Yevhen Cherviachenko, Advisor to the Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Regional Development of Ukraine, Consultant of the World Bank, EBRD, IFC and UNDP projects.

SheExports platform is an initiative coordinated and implemented by the Export Promotion Office, acting as an advisory body under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. The inspirator for the initiative is Natalia Mykolska, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade – Trade Representative of Ukraine. 

Press club and media workshop “Women in Business and Export” held in Kyiv

On July 11, as a part of the SheExports platform the first press club and media workshop within the “Women in Business and Exports” series was held. The event was initiated by the Export Promotion Office under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support project.

The event was attended by the media and non-governmental sector representatives interested in the objective media coverage of the women’s role in business development and international trade.

Within the press club Mariana Kahaniak, the Head of the Export Promotion Office in Ukraine, noted that Ukraine is actively promoting women in exports, as they are the driving force behind the economic development in the 21st century.

Galina Meshcheryakova, Ukrainian gender expert at the Canadian-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Promotion Project (CUTIS), presented the latest State Statistics Service’s information  on gender gaps in the Ukrainian economy and the involvement of women in export activities. In addition, gender-based monitoring of mass media in Ukraine were presented,  indicating the stereotypical coverage of women in the Ukrainian mass media.

The presentation of Galina Meshcheryakova can be downloaded here.

As a part of media workshop “Inclusive Women’s Coverage in Business” Olga Vesnyanka, a journalist of Hromadsky radio, media expert and human rights defender of the Coalition for Combating Discrimination and the Campaign Against Sexism “Povaha”, conducted a moderated discussion on the social roles of women and men and their stereotypical depiction in the modern media discourse . Olga provided participants and participants with advice on gender-sensitive coverage of the role of women in the media, in particular, the gender balance in the selection of topics and experts, as well as the use of a gender sensitive language.

During the practical part of the event, the participants conducted a gender analysis of contemporary Ukrainian media content (video/newspapers/online media) and shared their own observations on the coverage of women.

“Women in Business and Exports” is a series of media events that will include media workshops and press clubs on new statistics and information on women’s participation in business and exports, as well as the dissemination of the best journalistic practices on women’s professional representation in the media. The target audience of these events is representatives of the Ukrainian media and public organizations who will be able to create a pool of professionals to highlight women as agents of Ukrainian business and international trade. Follow the updates on our social media.